Had the chance to sneak in two feature presentations on the home theater system this weekend and I wanted to recommend both to you folks (although I'm sure you've probably seen them both by now anyway)
Little Miss Sunshine: I had heard great things about this flick from several people and it turns out they were all right. I'm not sure that you can call it a "dark comedy", because it really isn't, but it certainly isn't your straight forward, typical comedy flick. Come to think of it, I'm really not sure the best way to describe it. Help me out people. Without giving away too much of the plot, the movie is about this family (played by a hodgepodge of characters) who travel to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant and the trials and tribulations they encounter along the way. The mix of characters and their various "issues" adds tremendously to the hilarity. Certainly worth a rental and I'm sure this will win a few of those awards that Hollywood gives out from time to time.
An Inconvenient Truth: This is one of those movies that would have left you feeling jipped if you paid 10 bucks to see it at the cineplex but watching it in the comfort of your own home is just fine. The movie is a sobering look at what global warming and climate change is doing to our planted. Al Gore presents the information in a lecture style and it feels like your sitting in class and should be taking notes. Gore does a great job and I really think this effort is his calling. He is extremely knowledgeable about the subject but can break down the issues extremely simply. He shows graphs and charts that illustrate the data so the layperson can understand just how bad the problem is. There were some parts though that I think could have been left out all-together. For example, he shows clips from the 2000 election recount, Supreme Court case and his lose to Bush that really don't belong. Sure he could have done more to help the environment if he were president, but that was in the past and the movie should have just focused on the problem and how to solve it. Some of the impact may have gotten lost with the political undertones...oh well. If you haven't seen this flick yet give it the benefit of the doubt and check it out....just don't expect any plot or intense action scenes.
Total subject change here but I need to give a quick shout-out to "The King" for making an appearance today for my birthday. I must admit that I was a bit confused when he showed up on my doorstep the other day in and old shoebox with my name on it, but it is nice having him around. Much thanks to Clev and the good folks at his office for sending him over! Honestly...I really have no idea how to thank you.